My Must-Pack Items for an Eco Getaway

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m packing for a warm-weather vaca, I’m most concerned with three things: swimsuits, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Aside from a non-expired passport, they’re my essentials for any tropical escape, since I know I can improve on everything else.

I’m heading to Costa Rica tomorrow with my best friend Steph, a corporate lawyer by day who’s studying to become a yoga teacher by night — perhaps her life’s greatest irony — and who deserves this trip way more than I do. Thanks to Costa Rica’s Tourism board, we’ll soon be hanging with sloths, gliding through treetops, and experiencing the country’s beauty and rich biodiversity.

But first, I have to pack. So long as these items are in my Heys USA EcoCase, I’ll be good to go.

The Swimsuit


Eco Babe by Eco Swim. I’ll be reducing my carbon footprint in Costa Rica’s sand with this sustainable two-piece in Khaki. Made entirely in the U.S. with post-consumer recycled fabric linings, 50 percent recycled elastics and recycled nylon.

The Sunglasses


Dipper Shades from Sundippers, made using recycled materials. This young, sustainable brand also makes eco clothing perfect for the beach.

The Sunscreen


Suntegrity All Natural Moisturizing Face Protection. This sunscreen was a top-rated face sunscreen by the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and received a #1 rating for “Best Moisturizer with SPF” in the EWG’s 2011 Sunscreen Guide.



Loving Naturals Clear Body SPF 30+.  A highly rated sunscreen by the EWG that’s unscented and rubs on clear.


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About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine,,, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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